Local architecture studio Lanza Atelier collaborated with TO and architect Alberto Odériz on an earthquake-inspired community pavilion for Design Week Mexico. Situated in a pond in Mexico City, the structuralist creation boasts a brutalist aesthetic. In its essence, the project entails stacks of earthen blocks — the material is comprised of a high-pressure fusion of soil and cement.
On one side, the community pavilion binds the public together as it stimulates thoughtful reflection. On the other hand, it is a small-scale visualization of a community center in Oculian. The architects are reconstructing this communal space as it suffered disastrous consequences after the devastating earthquake that hit the region on 19th of September, last year.
Lanza Atelier Collaborates on a Meaningful Structure
1. Disaster-commemorating Community Pavilions - Creating architectural structures that commemorate and reflect on past disasters, fostering community resilience and remembrance.
2. Brutalist Aesthetics - Revisiting the brutalist architectural style to create visually impactful and unique structures.
3. Earthen Blocks as Building Material - Exploring the use of earthen blocks made from soil and cement fusion as a sustainable and durable construction material.
1. Architecture and Design - Opportunity for architects and designers to collaborate on creating meaningful structures that engage with the community and address social issues.
2. Urban Planning and Development - Bringing attention to the importance of integrating commemorative spaces within urban environments for collective healing and recovery.
3. Construction and Materials - Potential for innovation in developing new construction materials and techniques that prioritize sustainability and resilience in the face of natural disasters.